Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) is pleased to announce that Kevin J. Matzek will be joining the firm’s state government relations team.

Mr. Matzek, a highly-regarded political and policy professional with 19 years of experience in and around state government, has served as Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Caucus since 2012. As the caucus’s top staff person, he has led the execution of the caucus’s legislative agenda, developed policy expertise on a wide variety of issues, and overseen campaign efforts that resulted in the caucus winning the majority in the 2016 election.

“Kevin’s experience, intelligence, and trustworthiness will be a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Ted Grindal, Partner and head of the firm’s Government Relations Practice. “We are thrilled he will bring his deep understanding of the legislative process and policy matters to the firm.”

“We welcome Kevin to the firm and look forward to his work on a multitude of policy areas including energy, commerce, and transportation,” said Rebecca Kanninen, Partner, State and Federal Relations. “Kevin’s political savvy, work ethic, and rapport with members and staff will serve our clients’ interests well.”

Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Matzek served as Legislative Director for the Senate Republican Caucus. Previously, he worked for the Minnesota House Republican Caucus for seven years in key positions including as Chief of Staff and as the Committee Administrator for two different committees – the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Public Safety Policy & Finance Committee. Mr. Matzek has also worked as the Director of Government Affairs for Hospitality Minnesota.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Matzek lives in Golden Valley with his wife Julie and three kids.